River Horse Brewing Company Acquires DuClaw Brewing Company

River Horse Brewing Company Acquires DuClaw Brewing Company

River Horse Brewing Company has Acquired DuClaw Brewing Company

River Horse Brewing Company, out of Ewing New Jersey, has just announced that they have acquired DuClaw Brewing Company (from Baltimore, Maryland).

This comes soon after the news of F.X. Matt Brewing Company (Saranac Brewing) acquiring Flying Dog Brewery. (Click that link to read more.)

The press release, announced on the social media platforms for both companies was the same, and reads as follows:

Attention NJ & MD craft beer lovers- we have an announcement!

New Jersey’s River Horse Brewing Company, in Ewing, NJ has acquired DuClaw Brewing Company of Baltimore, MD. The powerful combination of two beloved brands that each boast a legacy of over 25 years of great beer will ensure the continued success of these products.

While each brand will be managed separately, the efficiencies created by combining facilities and sharing production capacity and certain distribution partnerships will strengthen both entities. Dave Benfield, Founder of DuClaw will continue to be the driving force behind the strategy, portfolio, product innovation and vibe of DuClaw and will ensure the continuity of the highest quality beer. River Horse will be expanding capacity in its Ewing, NJ facility in order to meet the demands of DuClaw’s national distribution footprint. Stay tuned to some new innovative product releases to supplement the amazing DuClaw lineup.

“From the first day that we sat down with Dave to discuss a possible combination, we knew that this would be a wonderful partnership.” Says River Horse’s Chris Walsh. “Dave is one of the most innovative minds in brewing and is always ahead of the curve in his flavor profile formulations.” Dave is thrilled to transition the production responsibilities to the team in Ewing, NJ so he can give 100% of his attention to the part of the business that he truly loves, products, strategy and sales. “The operations side of brewing is challenging, and at the end of the day I was spending too much of my time and energy chasing the latest mechanical, supply or logistical issue, and was taken away from driving the brand the way I wanted.” Says Benfield. “This partnership will allow me to focus on what I am best at.”

Don’t expect to see too many changes though, you should be able to get your favorite River Horse and DuClaw beers at your local store and taverns without interruption.

River Horse is currently seeking new team members. Anyone interested in becoming part of the brewing, packaging or cellaring team should send a resume to jobs@riverhorse.com


River Horse Brewing Company – Facebook Post

What All Does This Entail

For the moment, it looks like not a whole lot for the consumer. It would appear that both River Horse Brewing Company and DuClaw Brewing Company beers will be appearing on shelves (with possibly greater distribution); on the production side of things, it looks like the two breweries will be using each other’s production facilities and brewhouses.

This should likely increase both brands distribution footprint. But no word on that, or guarantee of that yet. No word on the specifics of the deal yet either.

Reception of the News

The news broke first to a few journalists, then to the public at large. The reception was ‘interesting’ in the Maryland and southern (going to Asheville NC) region. One (anonymous) brewer said “this should have happened 20 years ago”, and another (anonymous) brewer said “I feel bad for River Horse for getting attached to the shitty DuClaw organization”. (Both comments were said on Facebook, but I have chosen to keep the brewers names anonymous.)

For More Information about DuClaw Brewing Company

The following comes from Untappd. DuClaw Brewing Company is a regional brewery from Baltimore, Maryland. They have 81 unique beers with over 1.2 Million ratings. They have a global average rating of 3.69 (as of 6.1.23). Their Untappd description reads: “Maryland Brewery established in 1996. Brewing and drinking what we like. Trying not to take ourselves too seriously. Craft be cherished, rules be damned.”

You can find them on the following social media platforms:

For More Information About River Horse Brewing Company

The following information comes from Untappd. They are a micro brewery from Ewing New Jersey, with a total of 346 unique beers and over 240,000 ratings. They have a global average rating of 3.64 (as of 6.1.23).

You can follow them on these social media platforms:

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Thank You For Reading

Thank you everyone for reading. It seems like the craft beer world is shrinking a bit. More acquisitions, more closings, seem to be happening by the day. Such a shame, but we are kind of at a bad spot economically, and the craft beer bubble was “due to burst” at some point.


Hopefully the trend stops, and we get some stability. Fingers crossed.

Tomorrow Drew and I leave for Atlantic City for the AC Beer and Music Fest. We are also running the 5K on Sunday. God help us.

Thanks for reading everyone, and we’ll keep you updated on any news we get.


-B. Kline

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